2016-2017 School Year

Happy New Year!!

2017 is going to be a great year. We have been refreshed and rejuvenated from our 4 weeks off and are ready to put our best foot forward in the new year. There are many exciting, school-related events to look forward to including any field trips that have been planned for your grade, the grade 9 end-of-year trip, the science fair, the speech competition, and much more. 

Here is a quote from author Haruki Murakami on happiness:

“But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”



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Happy Winter Holidays!

It's that time of year to put on the kettle, make your family a pot of tea, and get together to play some good old-fashioned board games! Some fun game suggestions are:

Codenames

Balderdash

Settlers of Cattan

Carcasonne

Scattegories

Also, winter is a great time to try out some different extra-curricular activites. Get a crazy carpet, find a hill and go sledding. Rent some snowshoes from University of Calgary's Outdoor's Centre and head to Kananaskis for some winter hiking. Strap on your skates and enjoy the holiday tunes as you go ice-skating on one of Calgary's many FREE outdoor rinks. 

Whatever you decide to do this holiday, be safe, have fun, and take some time to relax.

See you in January!!

~Ms. Slomp


Students Expectations

Students’ work ethics and use of class time are important to their success in Science program, in addition to the following:

Respect

Respect for yourself, respect for others, and respect for KSC are expected at all times.

Responsibility

Students will be responsible for the material covered, assigned, and due during their absence. Missed handouts can be obtained from the teacher and students should make an effort to get missed notes from a classmates. Assignments due during a class missed for permissible reasons will be accepted without penalty at the beginning of the next class attended. If a student is absent from the class on the day of a quiz or exam for permissible reasons, the student will write the missed quiz/exam during the next attended class or during lunch hour. Students should check Edmodo/class website and update their agenda regularly in order to keep track of deadlines.

Required Textbook and Materials

All the required material and textbook must be brought to every class – time spent returning to lockers will qualify as being late. Kindly keep your lockers organised so that there is less time wastage in retrieving the required material.  

Toys, Cell Phone and Other Precious Belongings

The school strongly discourages students from bringing toys and/or other precious belongings to school, as they may be lost, stolen and/or broken. It is a school policy that cell phones will not be allowed in classrooms. Should you have a cell phone it is requested that the phone is turned off during school time and left in your locker.

Homework/ Extra Help

Students are expected to hand in homework assignments on time. If there are extenuating circumstances which prohibit your child from completing an assignment on time, please contact the teacher as soon as possible. Assignments and projects are required to be handed in on time. Please note that 10% marks will be taken off from any late assignments for each day. If there is no assigned homework for a day, students are encouraged to review their class notes or work on an assignment ahead of the deadline. Time management and planning ahead will reduce stress and result in being well prepared for studies. I would encourage you to approach me right away if you have any difficulties with a concept or assignment and we can set up a time for extra help.  

Leaving the Classroom

When students are at school they are expected to be in class and not wandering in the halls. If you need to leave the classroom for any reason you must sign out and indicate the time and where you will be going.

 








“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner

Important Dates For January, 2017

Jan. 16- First day back to school
Jan. 20- Bana day
Jan. 27- Staff PD, no classes
Jan. 31- Report cards go homeSch

For Parents:

Communication

Open communication between home and school is vital to each student’s success. We will be communicating with you on a regular basis through classroom newsletters containing information on academic and social events as well as through daily communication via your child’s planner and our class website. Please initial your child’s planner each evening and have your child return it to school each day. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress over the course of the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have found that email communication has been the most efficient way to respond to any questions or concerns that may arise. You will find our email addresses on every newsletter sent. If email is not possible, you may call us at the school and we can set up an appointment if necessary.

Absences/Late Entry/Early Arrivals & Departure

Coming to school on time is important for school success. School begins promptly at 8:10 am and supervision of students will only be provided beginning at 7: 55 am. If your child will be late or absent for any reason, please inform the school. Upon arriving late students are expected to report directly to the office. Should you need to pick up your child prior to dismissal time, please notify the teacher and also check out your child at the office. When picking up students at the end of the day, we ask parents to please wait in the hall way/ outside until students have been dismissed.

Uniform

As members of our Khalsa School Community students are required to be in proper school uniform (Regular or Full) at all times except on Bana or Casual Days which are noted in our school calendar.   Students are expected to be well groomed and uniforms are to be clean.